Goth Ball 2005

Just a quick post:

I got some neat pictures at the Goth Ball, and also the Big House Halloween party.

Let me know in the posts if you want me to burn a disc for you, and how you want me to get them to you. I don't want to email them because there's a lot of them, and they're pretty big.

But here are a few:

Chrisjust sent me a link to some Halloween pics here.


The Continuing Saga of Jack Thompson

"I'm not interested and won't be commenting on the mod. The satirical piece entitled 'A Modest Video Game Proposal' was intended to highlight the patent hypocrisy and recklessness exhibited by the video game industry's willingness to target cops, women, homosexuals, and other groups with some of their violent games. To be fair, though, you can't expect a bunch of gamers to understand the satire if they think that Jonathan Swift, the author of 'A Modest Proposal,' is the name of a new Nike running shoe...

...I will say this though, the 'video game community' (what's next, 'the necromancy community'?) surely seems exercised about someone who is a 'joke' and who is accomplishing nothing. You all seem rather bothered and worried about a nonentity. God is in this battle, and I am privileged to be a foot soldier. You all should be concerned, not about me, but about Him."

--Jack Thompson, in an email to Game Politics.

Yup. The gamers did it. They took Thompson idea and ran with it. A group of modders known as the Fighting Hellfish (I'm not linking, as their server is down, apparently due to high bandwidth usage. I guess that makes sense, they did make the front page of Slashdot.) made a Grand Theft Auto mod, complete with Jack Thompson look alike as the main character.

Alas, Thompson won't pay up. As you can see above, he's trying to pass the idea off as a joke. And that gamers are too stoned to catch his sublime comic genius. And of course, it typical fashion, realizing that he got caught, he uses the opportunity to throw around more insults.

But, have no fear, Gabe and Tycho are here. They've stepped in and donated $10,000 to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation. In Thompson's name. These guys are quickly becoming my heroes.

As a side note, while I was doing research on Thompson, I found that this is the same guy that sued 2 Live Crew for obscenity in the '80s.


Geek Post

Remember me ranting about that guy Jack Thompson? The guy bent on saving the world from the evils of pixlated people having sex? Well, he's got a new gimmick. He wants to donate $10,000 to charity if anyone will develop his video game idea. His idea, shockingly enough, is copious amounts of violence directed at people in the video game industry.

Here's my proposal to any video game exec out there that might happen to stumble across this blog: Do it. Make some crappy 8 bit shareware rendering of his game, and make Thompson eat his words and keep his end of the bargain.

In short, someone shut him up.

Other than that, Penny Arcade is starting the Child's Play Drive. They raise money to buy video games for children's wings of hospitals. One of my favorite ideas for a charity, and I really want to something for them this year. I'll be at least hitting the Amazon.com list, but if anyone wants to get together and do something bigger, let me know.



So, I found this on Fark the other day.

So, this is at we've degraded to. This is what now passes for civilized discourse and debate. We've resorted to calling each other ugly.

The extremes have pulled everyone to the far left and far right. There is no middle any more. The left is picking on Bush for a shirt that doesn't look quite right (while there are plenty of perfectly good reasons to make fun of Bush). The right calls Michael Moore fat (See above).

If you're a Democrat, then you're an arrogant Godless commie bent on killing fetus'. If you're a Republican, then you're an ignorant religious zealot out of touch with the rest of society.

We're now living in a country where being "intellectual" is a bad thing. Where people are trying to force schools to teach faith in science class.

Where we're so concerned about people's feelings, that we punish a Little league team for being better than the rest of the teams in the area. But parents are punishing there 7-year-old kids for dropping a flyball.

We are so divided on every level that we can't have a debate with our families around the dinner table without it breaking out into an all out fight. Politians that may disagree with the president are too afraid to speak out, for fear of being labeled unpatriotic traitors. We've turned personal crisis and national tradgedy into methods of political gain.

The six o'clock news into entertainment, a verbal WWF.

We've separated, polarized, and let the fringe from both sides take over. We've forgotten that there is a middle ground and most people live there.

In short, we've fucked up


Finding Serenity

So, I mentioned earlier that I saw Serenity on Sunday, and that I actually felt a little sadness after it was over. What it was was that about four hours later, I realized that it will be some time before I get to see more to this story, and, more importantly, before I get to see more of these characters. I had spent the week before preparing for the opening of the movie by watching the entire series,Firefly, in one week. I had never seen an entire episode of the show, but I had heard so much about it, and I was very much sucked into Joss Whedon's previous outings, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, that I felt pretty safe going out and dropping the money to buy the series on DVD.

I knew how Whedon tended to write, and that he had a knack for writing, even taking unbelievably stupid concepts (Come on, a teenage girl who fights the undead between English finals and dating. Are you high?) and taking them in unexpected directions. And, along the way, getting the viewer not only believe, but also care about the characters.

Firefly was no exception as far as the stupid concept goes (Space outlaws who ride horses? Joss, please, put down the dube). And when Fox aired the show, they did everything they could do to, short of burning the original tapes, to make sure the show didn't succeed. They aired the second episode first. Then preempted for baseball playoff games, so those that did enjoy the show was never sure when it was on. Then, they just decided to drop the show all together, before the entire season had a chance to air.

Then something happened.

Fox released the series (in the right order, with missing episodes) on DVD. The fans found it, and told their friends, and so on. And the DVD sales were, all of a sudden, phenomenal. Enough so that Universal decided to acquire the rights, and green light a movie.

Ya see, what I think happened, was that Whedon took everything he learned about character development from doing Buffy and Angel, and applied it to Firefly, and nailed it. Only speaking for myself, by the end of the second episode, I really wanted to know more about everyone of the characters. And, every episode, Whedon gave a little bit more. And more, and more. He had me more excited about this crew in thirteen episodes then I was about the Scooby's from Buffy.

And then the movie.

The movie played like an extended fourteenth episode. The cast picked up like they had never left the set. (Oh, yeah, in all of my Whedon fanboy-ism, I forgot to mention the actors. They all, every one, nailed Whedon's dialog.) The story picked right up (well, OK, there's a bit of a gap between the series and movie, explained in a three issue comic book series. Anyone know where I can get it?), and is furthered by the movie. By the time the movie ends, more becomes clear about this universe that Whedon has created. And when something horrible happens (I won't say what or when or how or who for those of you who haven't seen the movie) I don't think anyone in the theatre didn't react as if it had happend to their own friend.

So, now I have to wait for more from this storyline. And from all indications, it won't be another incarnation of the series (apparently, Fox's deal with Universal includes a clause saying that it can't be brought back as a series for ten years, and Whedon is against doing more TV for now). So, it'll probably be another movie. Which means a longer development period. More waiting.

But, take your time, Joss. We want it to be good, not quick. And, oh yeah. Let me light that for you.

Adventures In ADD

So, its been a month since my last post, so just a quick summary:

Serenity: Saw it Sunday, after watching all of Firefly in less then a week. Good stuff. I actually now feel a bit of sadnessm, which will be one of the things that I'll expand on later.

Red Sox: In the playoffs, first game against the ChiSox tonight. Pizza and beer and the game for anyone interested. The end of the season should not have been this close. The Yankees should not be in the playoffs. But hopefully that'll be all of the choking the Sox will do for the rest of the month.

Wireless network: Set up, after swallowing my pride and calling Belkin tech support. Which was actually really good, despite the fact that it was all automated. But, now, I can post updayes while entrenched in the living room, watching the play-offs. So, I got that going for me.

All Else: Eh.

Other than that, expect a rather distracted post later on tonight.